Today’s focus is on 2021 wings that know how to score the ball in a number of ways.
Odin Lium (6-7 SF, Oswego East)
With his 6-foot-7 frame, Lium is a long wing player that covers a lot of ground. More of a shooter than a scorer as a junior, his shooting ability will get the attention of college coaches. He has a pretty quick release that produces good arc and regular results from beyond the arc. Lium can spread out a defense with the attention he requires as a shooter, but he is also capable of driving hard to the basket off of rotations. Still putting on strength, Lium’s defensive impact revolves around his length and agility. He should be getting some D1 interest.
Tevin Smith (6-4 SF, Danville)
Smith fought back from an injury to reestablish himself as one of the premier wings in his class. He is an athletic slasher and a knockdown shooter that can heat up in a hurry. Off the dribble, he is a dynamic ball handler with a lot of skills to get to his pull-up. Smith’s defensive profile is also promising at 6-foot-4 with quick feet and a solid build that can absorb contact. Look for a big senior season for Smith, who is currently has offers from Bradley, DePaul, Oregon, UT Martin, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ryan Sucha (6-5 SF, Lincoln Way East)
Sucha is a strong, athletic wing that has excellent reach for a 6-foot-5 player. He is a physical driver that loves to get out and run in transition. There is little question that he has the ability to be a top-level defender in college. An explosive athlete, Sucha can jump passing lanes and disrupt scorers on or off the ball. He needs some time to get his shot off, but he has solid mechanics as a spot-up shooter. Sucha has the tools and instincts on both ends to continue to improve. He is currently receiving low-to-mid major interest.
Brandon Weston (6-5 SF, Morgan Park)
Weston is a bouncy wing that can fill it up offensively and defend multiple positions with his length and athletic gifts. He has great body control and hang time once he takes flight, making him a dangerous threat when he drives in a straight line. Although he attacks the rim more often than not, Weston has solid shooting mechanics that allow him to connect on outside jumpers with regularity. As an isolation scorer, he has one of the highest upsides in his class. He is going to be a high-major player, with offers from schools like Michigan, Illinois, and Pittsburgh among others.
Damian Zivak (6-5 SG, Barrington)
Zivak is a scoring two-guard that does a really nice job initiating contact and finishing in traffic. There aren’t a ton of guards with his size and he uses that to his advantage. He can handle the ball in space and looks very comfortable breaking defenders down to create his shot. Zivak is more skill than explosiveness, so that craftiness of the dribble is key to his game. His shot is smooth from the mid-range and three-point line. Arkansas Little Rock and Detroit have offered the Barrington wing.